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Darwin interferometer
Author(s): Alan J. Penny; Alain M. Leger; Jean-Marie Mariotti; Cornelius Schalinski; C. Eiroa; Robin J. Laurance; C. V. Malcolm Fridlund
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Paper Abstract

Darwin was proposed in 1993 to the European Space Agency as a mid-IR (5-30 micron) interferometry observatory with baselines greater than 50 meters. It would be a long-duration general purpose radiatively cooled observatory, to be launched in the 2009-2018 timeframe. Since then ESA has started a study of such a mission, called the Infrared Space Interferometer (IRSI), as one of its candidate Cornerstone missions in its Horizons 2000 plan. This paper describes some of the aspects of the Darwin concept as presently conceived by the members of the Darwin Informal Team. This team is comprised of the original proposal authors and a number of additional persons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317130
Show Author Affiliations
Alan J. Penny, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Alain M. Leger, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Jean-Marie Mariotti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Cornelius Schalinski, DLR (Germany)
C. Eiroa, Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
Robin J. Laurance, ESTEC (Netherlands)
C. V. Malcolm Fridlund, ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3350:
Astronomical Interferometry
Robert D. Reasenberg, Editor(s)

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